Rebelling against minimalism, Prudence bar has a homely clutter, with old lamps, tables, heavy curtains and dim lighting. The laid-back, mellow vibe is further enhanced by spinning vinyl records, a random collection of books, maps on the walls, South East Asian trinkets and old black and white movies screening on the tiny bar-side television.
There's a comprehensive cocktail menu, with a chalkboard to list rotating specials. A decent wine list and tap beer selection round out the alcoholic offering. Tea and coffee are on offer too, for those happy to enjoy the comfy surrounds with a cuppa.
People-watch from the front room overlooking the top end of Queen Victoria Market, or sit outside in the beer garden where intimate seating encourages communal conversation. Head up the narrow staircase to find an area that resembles your grandma’s sitting room.
Prudence’s low-key feel is perfectly suited to its North Melbourne locale, and it’s this casual setting that keeps it busy every night of the week.